WWF-Australia calls for an Environmental Impact Statement at Abbot Point

WWF-Australia is standing by its call for a full Environmental Impact Statement to be done into the land dumping of dredge spoil on the Caley Valley wetlands at Abbot Point.

“Calling for a full environmental assessment process is not ‘scaremongering’ or ‘hysterics’ as Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has alleged. It is the responsible action to take for a massive new proposal on sensitive wetlands beside the Reef,” WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman said.

“We commend Mr Seeney for recognising that sea dumping of dredge spoil is the worst environmental option but that does not mean the option to dump on land should be fast tracked.

“The simple fact is that the Queensland Government’s Abbot Point Port and Wetlands Project is a new proposal.

“It involves huge bund walls, kilometres of rail line, and dumping millions of cubic metres of dredge spoil on top of sensitive wetlands.

“Although background studies have been done on the values of the area, no previous study has examined the impacts of this project. A full Environmental Impact Statement would evaluate these impacts and result in conditions to manage them.

“A full Environmental Impact Statement should also consider whether there are better alternatives, such as a land disposal location further inland away from the wetlands or our preferred option of a longer jetty to minimise dredging and dumping.

“Let’s not risk the Reef and the 60,000 jobs it provides. No fast tracking, no short cuts,” Mr O’Gorman said.

Source: WWF-Australia
Image Source: Dumping dredge material, Cairns Harbour. © Xanthe Rivett / CAFNEC / WWF-Aus

Ryan Fritz

Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.

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